SOUTH settled up north
It’s almost a reflex to assume a Philly restaurant called SOUTH would be located on South St, but quite the contrary. The new eatery, located just by Mount Vernon St, not only brings new Southern comfort food to the North Broad scene, but also a healthy dose of live music, as it doubles as a jazz venue.
Your favorite square pizza has also found a new home
Santucci’s is known for no-nonsense pizza crust that can withstand any number of toppings you wish and put any Chicago-style pizza to shame. The local square-pizza chain has added a new location not far from SOUTH, bringing the Italian specialities, which have always been synonymous with South Philly, up north with a menu that includes way more than just pizza, from savory crepes to homemade cannoli.
In fact, now there’s even a Lorraine bar
This hidden speakeasy, located just a stone’s throw from the hotel, was revived earlier this year, creating the perfect spot (with an outdoor space) for a quiet cocktail in an area otherwise seeing a lot of construction. The no-frills bar is a great edition to Francisville, bringing more craft beer to the neighborhood.
Earth Bread + Brewery will be available even closer to Center City
Bar Hygge, a brewpub from Mt. Airy’s Earth Bread + Brewery, will be pouring beers near North Broad St at 17th & Fairmount before 2015 has wrapped. The menu will feature American fare paired with, of course, the beer that makes the brewery one of Philly’s best.
And let’s not forget these established standbys...
While the influx of new business is helping to make Avenue of the Arts North more of a thing, there are a few locations that have been killin’ it up there for years, and are bound to get even better thanks to their new neighbors. For an Italian gastropub experience look no further than Alla Spina, the space harkening back to Philly’s industrial past and serving brunch, dinner, and happy hour at Mount Vernon St.
Osteria’s North Broad location isn’t far from SOUTH, and, following its 2007 opening, quickly became one of the city’s best Italian restaurants -- a well-deserved status that hasn’t changed much over the years. The open kitchen makes it ideal for scouting out when your Neapolitan pizza is headed your way.
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Marielle Mondon is a Philly-born freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.